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Volume 30 • Number 4

October 2016



Reluctant Florists, Same-Sex Weddings, and Mill's Doctrine of Liberty

by Dale E. Miller

The state of Washington legalized same-sex marriage in December 2012. In March 2013, florist Barronelle Stutzman refused to provide flower arrangements for a wedding between two men, citing religious objections. Washington's Attorney General filed suit, alleging a violation of the state's Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation by private businesses classed as "public accommodations." In February of 2015, Judge Alexander C. Ekstrom ruled against Stutzman.

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ISSN: 2152-0542